27th October 2022
New: Introduce Drone.
Drone is a modern Continuous Integration platform that empowers busy teams to automate their build, test and release workflows using a powerful, cloud native pipeline engine.
Check how to install it here
New: Choose the Power Supply Unit and CPU cooler.
Using PCPartPicker I've seen that with 4 disks it consumes approximately 264W, when I have the 8 disks, it will consume up to 344W, if I want to increase the ram then it will reach 373W. So in theory I can go with a 400W power supply unit.
You need to make sure that it has enough wires to connect to all the disks. Although that usually is not a problem as there are adapters:
- New: Add the market analysis.
- New: Analyze the cpu coolers.
Thermal paste is designed to minimize microscopic air gaps and irregularities between the surface of the cooler and the CPU's IHS (integrated heat spreader), the piece of metal which is built into the top of the processor.
Good thermal paste can have a profound impact on your performance, because it will allow your processor to transfer more of its waste heat to your cooler, keeping your processor running cool.
Most pastes are comprised of ceramic or metallic materials suspended within a proprietary binder which allows for easy application and spread as well as simple cleanup.
These thermal pastes can be electrically conductive or non-conductive, depending on their specific formula. Electrically conductive thermal pastes can carry current between two points, meaning that if the paste squeezes out onto other components, it can cause damage to motherboards and CPUs when you switch on the power. A single drop out of place can lead to a dead PC, so extra care is imperative.
Liquid metal compounds are almost always electrically conductive, so while these compounds provide better performance than their paste counterparts, they require more focus and attention during application. They are very hard to remove if you get some in the wrong place, which would fry your system.
In contrast, traditional thermal paste compounds are relatively simple for every experience level. Most, but not all, traditional pastes are electrically non-conductive.
Most cpu coolers come with their own thermal paste, so check yours before buying another one.
New: Introduce Power Supply Unit.
Power supply unit is the component of the computer that sources power from the primary source (the power coming from your wall outlet) and delivers it to its motherboard and all its components. Contrary to the common understanding, the PSU does not supply power to the computer; it instead converts the AC (Alternating Current) power from the source to the DC (Direct Current) power that the computer needs.
There are two types of PSU: Linear and Switch-mode. Linear power supplies have a built-in transformer that steps down the voltage from the main to a usable one for the individual parts of the computer. The transformer makes the Linear PSU bulky, heavy, and expensive. Modern computers have switched to the switch-mode power supply, using switches instead of a transformer for voltage regulation. They’re also more practical and economical to use because they’re smaller, lighter, and cheaper than linear power supplies.
PSU need to deliver at least the amount of power that each component requires, if it needs to deliver more, it simply won't work.
Another puzzling question for most consumers is, “Does a PSU supply constant wattage to the computer?” The answer is a flat No. The wattage you see on the PSUs casing or labels only indicates the maximum power it can supply to the system, theoretically. For example, by theory, a 500W PSU can supply a maximum of 500W to the computer. In reality, the PSU will draw a small portion of the power for itself and distributes power to each of the PC components according to its need. The amount of power the components need varies from 3.3V to 12V. If the total power of the components needs to add up to 250W, it would only use 250W of the 500W, giving you an overhead for additional components or future upgrades.
Additionally, the amount of power the PSU supplies varies during peak periods and idle times. When the components are pushed to their limits, say when a video editor maximizes the GPU for graphics-intensive tasks, it would require more power than when the computer is used for simple tasks like web-browsing. The amount of power drawn from the PSU would depend on two things; the amount of power each component requires and the tasks that each component performs.
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